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Red Beryl Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Originally known as bixbite, red beryl is one of the rarest, most desirable, and most expensive gemstones. Most fine crystal specimens are zealously guarded by mineral collectors and are never faceted.

Gem Rough Orientation: Looking Beyond the Obvious Cut

Gem rough orientation isn’t always simple. Sometimes the obvious cut may not be the best choice. Learn how orienting rough can affect gem yields and prices.

Are Diamonds Really Rare? Diamond Myths and Misconceptions

Diamonds are popular gemstones surrounded by popular misconceptions. We’ll tell you how they became so prized and debunk some of those diamond myths, too.

Pearl Buying Guide

In this golden age of pearls, a wide variety of shapes, sizes, and colors are available. Our pearl buying guide can help you select a pearl you’ll love.

Ametrine Value, Price, and Jewelry Information

Ametrine is a variety of quartz that displays bands of both amethyst purple and citrine yellow. These gems are typically cut to showcase their dramatic color zoning.

Jewelry Metals 101: Gold, Silver, and Platinum

Gold, silver, and platinum are the most commonly used jewelry metals. Learn about their physical properties, alloys, and history.

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